Complementary & Alternative Therapies


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  • Intercessory prayer is defined as a group of people praying for healing or improved well being for a specific individual.
  • Intercessory prayer is defined as a group of people praying for healing or improved well being for a specific individual.
  • Complementary & Alternative Therapies

    1. 1. Teresa Chahine MSN, PMHNP Oakland University, School of Nursing Complementary & Alternative Medicine
    2. 2. Complementary Medicine Generally refers to using health care approaches that are utilized along side conventional medicine. The nursing profession has used these procedures and techniques as part of nursing interventions long be before the medical profession embraced them. In the past 40 years complementary therapies have become more mainstream. Alternative Medicine Refers to using a non-mainstream approach in place of conventional medicine. Most people use non-mainstream approaches along with conventional treatments.
    3. 3. Relaxation Techniques Breathing exercises Guided imagery Progressive relaxation Meditation Mindfulness meditation Transcendental meditation Massage Therapy Various different techniques of manual manipulation of soft tissues of the body Biofeedback Healing Touch Aromatherapy Movement Therapies Pilates Rolfing Structural Integration Alexander technique Yoga Tai Chi &Qi Gong Hypnotherapy Acupuncture Spinal Manipulation Practiced by chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, and physical therapists.
    4. 4. Diet and nutrition as an alternative therapy Superfoods- health promoting properties. Antioxidant foods Vitamin & mineral supplements Other nutrients Exercise as an alternative therapy As a mood state modulator Improve cognitive abilities and functioning Improve immune functioning Herbs as medical intervention Plants used for medicinal purposes and treatments.
    5. 5. Research clearly supports the concept of spiritual practices improving health outcomes. Participation in religious activities has been estimated to add 7 to 14 years to the life span. Clinical studies support therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer* in healing. Correlational studies have reported that people who pray frequently score positively on tests of marital adjustment, life and religious satisfaction, existential well being, and purpose of life. Spiritual healing methods are contraindicated for any competent and conscious individual who does not consent to it, even if family members or guardian believe otherwise.
    6. 6. Therapeutic Touch- is believed to produce a repatterning of the environmental energy fields of both the patient and practitioner. Reiki- a meditative state in which a practitioner channels Reiki energy from a universal source to another human being. Qigong Therapy- aligns breath, movement exercises, mindfulness and visualization to guide life energy through the body. Pranic Healing- the practitioner directs life energy or force that is readily available from the sun and guides it to repair the living entity.
    7. 7. References Barens, P.M., Boom, B. &Nahin, RL. (2008). Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults and children: United States 2007. CDC National Health Statistics Report #12. Complementary, alternative, or integrated Health: What’s in a name? (May 2013). National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Freeman, Lyn. (2009). Compementary& alternative medicine: A research-based approach. (3rded). St. Louis: Mosby.